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ORGANIZATION: Borderline Support UK CIC

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We are a volunteer-run organisation whose aim is to ensure that everybody impacted by borderline personality disorder is supported in their recovery.

Peer support is about sharing your lived experience of mental health struggles with other people with the hope of providing, support, encouragement, and validation that you understand what they are going through, that they are not alone in their feelings and circumstance. We believe that peer support is an important part of the recovery journey, as it provides a space for support, shared understanding, helps reduce stigma and fosters motivation and hope.

We run several online peer support groups each month for people living with borderline personality disorder and are seeking compassionate and empathetic people to co-facilitate the groups. All groups are facilitated by two peer support workers, and follow a semi-structured pattern. Our groups include:

  • Women-only
  • Men-only
  • 18 to 25s
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Mixed
  • Family

As a volunteer, you will receive comprehensive training, accessible online. We also provide ongoing supervision, support to ensure that you can effectively support others while prioritizing your own recovery. The training covers various areas such as peer support, communication, safeguarding, and facilitation skills.

Role description

  • to co-facilitate a support group of 10-15 people on a fortnightly/monthly basis
  • to provide support in a group peer support setting
  • to share own experiences without taking away from the others persons current feelings and situation
  • to use active listening and personal experiences to reassure and validate group members
  • to enable and encourage service users to find out resources and local services
  • to encourage wellbeing and recovery

Person specification

  • Lived experience of mental health
  • Able to use own experiences openly while maintaining strong boundaries
  • Access to a reliable internet connection, a computer with webcam, and a confidential space.
  • Commitment to our aims and mission

Availability and Commitment

We ask that you have availability 2-3 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. Our groups are held on mid-week evenings and Sunday evenings.

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About Borderline Support UK CIC

Location:

Collingwood Buildings, 38 Collingwood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1JF, GB

Mission Statement

We believe that no person affected by BPD should have to face this illness alone. We believe that people experiencing mental distress because of their BPD can direct their own journey towards wellbeing and recovery, to live a full life with improved mental health. We want to see a world where everyone living with BPD gets the support, treatment options and respect that they deserve.

Description

Borderline Support UK CIC is a community interest company led by individuals who have personal experience with borderline personality disorder, a complex mental health condition that affects around 2% of the population. Our organization advocates for the use of lived experiences and peer support to provide information and support to anyone impacted by BPD. Our aim is to empower you to embrace life to its fullest potential.

CAUSE AREAS

Health & Medicine
Health & Medicine

WHEN

Sun May 19, 2024 - Sat Aug 17, 2024

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Psychology
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • 2-3 hours per week plus online meetings

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